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Meet Joanne Hakaraia

Your RONGOA MAURI Facilitator

Kia ora, I'm Joanne, rongoa practitioner, plant medicine maker, educator and founder of Te Waka Rakau. I am Ngati Raukawa, born and raised in Otaki.  I started Te Waka Rakau as a service, practice and online rongoā wānanga.​

I have been facilitating rongoā workshops and retreats for the last 10 years. I have my own rongoā practise where I specialise in Rongoā Maori services.

I have been developing the RONGOĀ MAURI - Wāhine Wellness Journey for 3 years and it feels humbling to be able to offer it to wāhine who are feeling the effects of trauma. The Wāhine Wellness Journey is a kaupapa Māori approach led by Māori and based on the foundations of Rongoā Maori.

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What it's about:

RONGOĀ MAURI - Wāhine Wellness Journey is a rongoā healing programme working with rākau (native plants of Aotearoa) for healing and self-empowerment. Our roots are founded in Rongoā Māori. 

We honour the space of pain a wahine has had to bear. Working intuitively with rongoā, we can create a bespoke treatment plan to support wāhine in healing the effects of trauma. 

The journey is delivered online and at a healing retreat over 6 weeks. The online learning platform is delivered on our website portal. This ensures our space is in a state of tapū and tīkanga is upheld. Tauira are encouraged to do self-directed learning with the support of kairongoā and fellow tauira (students). 

When you begin the journey of RONGOĀ MAURI you will go through a healing journey. You will be connecting to the mauri of specific plants for insight and deep healing. The intensity of the work lies with you. You have the support of experienced Rongoā Māori healers throughout the programme.


What you will receive:

  • A Rongoā Mauri treatment plan specifically for you

  • Learn to make your own rongoā

  • 6 weeks or 50 hours mentoring, guidance and support online via zoom

  • 6 weeks of programme support 

  • 6 weeks of RONGOĀ MAURI recorded zoom sessions

  • 30 hours of group sessions with Rongoā Māori healers

  • Rongoā Mauri workbooks with the 6 week journey

  • Tools and skills 

  • Attend a weekend away at a Rongoā Healing Retreat

  • RONGOĀ MAURI graduation certificate from Te Waka Rākau

  • Upon graduation you are invited to be a tuakana (a leadership role) at other Rongoā Mauri programmes

  • Become part of the Rongoā Mauri community

  • Create lifelong friends

 Punaora Rongoā 

Online Rongoā Wānanga



Starts 2nd March 2023


Ngā mihi! We'll contact you soon xx

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